The winner of the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition, Jemimah Marcus, of Angus Memorial Senior High School will become a one-day governor as it is in the practice in the state.
The 16-year-old pupil emerged winner of the competition on Tuesday after an active battle with other students.
The grand finale which took place at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, where she was presented with a cash sum of N250,000.
The first runner-up goes to Ajose Sotin of Topo Senior Grammar School, Badagry, with a cash prize of N150, 000, while Rhema Edeh of Denton Junior Grammar School, Ebute-Metta, the second runner-up, got N100,000.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, while congratulating the pupils, urged them to commit more energy and time to their studies.
She said, “As it is the practice, the one-day governor will be awarded the Lagos State Government’s scholarship to pursue any course of his or her interest in any university in the country. He/she and the ‘cabinet’ will also attend various cultural exchange programmes.”
Adefisayo also expressed her appreciation to the New Era Foundation, founded by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for initiating the competition.
Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, in her comment commended the pupils for their strength.